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Acute Care of At-Risk Newborns

Acute Care of At-Risk Newborns

A Resource and Learning Tool for Health Care Professionals
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Ethics in Pediatrics

Ethics in Pediatrics

Achieving Excellence When Helping Children
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Essentials of Pediatric Emergency Medicine


Pediatric Emergency Medicine is a relatively new specialty with expanding competency requirements. Having an organized approach to managing patients that is consistent with best practices is essential. As clinicians, we are always looking to expand our knowledge and skills, and to use the best evidence to ensure excellent care for our patients. Essentials of Pediatric Emergency Medicine brings together the knowledge and expertise of clinicians from academic and community centres across Canada in a succinct format for easy reference.

This handbook is designed to provide the reader with a quick synopsis of the major topics in PEM. It is divided into 20 sections. The chapters in section 1 deal with undifferentiated acute presentations. This section also includes topics such as child life, non-accidental trauma and pain management which are important in the daily practice of emergency medicine. Despite the ongoing growth of knowledge and experience in these fields, there are currently few reference materials available on these topics and this guide will help to fill a significant void in pediatric emergency medicine resources. The remaining sections deal with specific pathologies and specific body systems. These chapters allow the reader to review the pathophysiology and management of specific diseases or medical conditions that are most common or life threatening.

One book, however, cannot cover everything, and for this reason several topics were also intentionally left out. Acute resuscitation is one of these subject areas. While resuscitation is the foundation of emergency medicine, there are excellent resources such as Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Advanced Pediatric Life Support (APLS) which are most up to date and provide an excellent reference.

As with any reference source, there are always opportunities to improve. I invite feedback so that this handbook can continue to evolve and provide a guide both for those newly entering into practice, as well as seasoned practitioners who manage pediatric emergencies.

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